The high winds and heavy rains of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the subsequent widespread flooding damaged many buildings in Orleans Parish. In the aftermath of the hurricanes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is issuing this public notice as a part of its responsibilities under 36 CFR Part 800, the regulations implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended. This notice applies to activities carried out by FEMA's Public Assistance (PA) program implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5152-5206.
|Location map of Ursuline Academy Primary Building|
|Usrsuline Academy Primary Building, taken by FEMA, 2011|
The Ursuline Academy is requesting that FEMA provide funds for alterations to the existing Primary Building in New Orleans, LA, which have already been completed. The regulations at 36 CFR Part 800 require FEMA, as the funding agency, to identify if any of the properties affected by the proposed project are listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; to assess the effects the project will have on historic properties; and to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any potential adverse effects.
FEMA has identified that the Ursuline Academy Primary Building is a contributing resource to the Uptown New Orleans National Register Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 3, 1985 because of its state level of architectural significance. FEMA has determined there is no opportunity to avoid or minimize adverse effects due to the completion of and the irreversibility of the work. However, FEMA has initiated consultation to seek ways to mitigate the adverse effects resulting from the Undertaking. Any member of the public is encouraged to provide views on how the project may affect historic properties and ways that these effects may be mitigated. Comments may be submitted to FEMA for a 15-day period beginning on July 28, 2011 at www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets/fema106 or by regular mail.
Mailed comments should be sent to:
FEMA Mail Center
1 Seine Court, 1st Floor Mail Room
New Orleans, LA 70114
If mailed, comments and requests must be postmarked by August 11, 2011.